'Gayby Boomers' Slam Critics But Admit Ups and Downs

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2009 5:12 PM CDT
'Gayby Boomers' Slam Critics But Admit Ups and Downs
Liz Seaton (L) reads to adoptive daughter Janette Ryan Seaton-Evans, while her partner and biological mother of Janette, Pat Evans (2nd L) sits with them.   (Getty Images)

Experts are still debating the effects of gay parenting on children, but so-called "Gayby Boomers" are now old enough to speak up for themselves. Several in their 20s and 30s tell CNN that they grew up more empathetic than their peers, developed the courage to take unpopular stands, and never missed a mom or dad. Critics, the 'Boomers say, talk cruelly about them, but never bother talking to them.

One is author Dale O'Leary: "These children are more likely to experiment with same-sex relationships," he said. "They're more likely to be confused and hurt." Some Gayby Boomers admit to such confusion, or to growing up ashamed of their parents in a homophobic atmosphere. But most say they are proud today. One, who rebelled at home by following Rush Limbaugh, still loves his moms and supports gay marriage. "I was raised in a loving, caring household that let me be a free thinker," he says. (Read more Gayby Boom stories.)

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